Job Profile:      A&P Technician (Airframe and Powerplant Technician)

Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

Job Information

Select Tasks
Position and align subassemblies in jigs or fixtures, using measuring instruments and following blueprint lines and index points.Align, fit, assemble, connect, or install system components, using jigs, fixtures, measuring instruments, hand tools, or power tools.Join structural assemblies, such as wings, tails, or fuselage.
Layout and mark reference points and locations for installation of parts or components, using jigs, templates, or measuring and marking instruments.Attach brackets, hinges, or clips to secure or support components or subassemblies, using bolts, screws, rivets, chemical bonding, or welding.Inspect or test installed units, parts, systems, or assemblies for fit, alignment, performance, defects, or compliance with standards, using measuring instruments or test equipment.
Fit and fasten sheet metal coverings to surface areas or other sections of aircraft prior to welding or riveting.Clean, oil, or coat system components, as necessary, before assembly or attachment.Set, align, adjust, or synchronize aircraft armament or rigging or control system components to established tolerances or requirements, using sighting devices and hand tools.
Fabricate parts needed for assembly or installation, using shop machinery or equipment.Set up or operate machines or systems to crimp, cut, bend, form, swage, flare, bead, burr, or straighten tubing, according to specifications.Weld tubing and fittings or solder cable ends, using tack welders, induction brazing chambers, or other equipment.
Verify dimensions of cable assemblies or positions of fittings, using measuring instruments.Mark identifying information on tubing or cable assemblies, using etching devices, labels, rubber stamps, or other methods.Cut cables and tubing, using master templates, measuring instruments, and cable cutters or saws.
Swage fittings onto cables, using swaging machines.Assemble prototypes or integrated-technology demonstrators of new or emerging environmental technologies for aircraft.Capture or segregate waste material, such as aluminum swarf, machine cutting fluid, or solvents, for recycling or environmentally responsible disposal.
Clean aircraft structures, parts, or components, using aqueous, semi-aqueous, aliphatic hydrocarbon, or organic solvent cleaning products or techniques to reduce carbon or other harmful emissions.Monitor robotic assembly equipment, such as snake-arm robots, used to assemble, seal, or swage aircraft structures.Assemble parts, fittings, or subassemblies on aircraft, using layout tools, hand tools, power tools, or fasteners, such as bolts, screws, rivets, or clamps.
Read blueprints, illustrations, or specifications to determine layouts, sequences of operations, or identities or relationships of parts.Adjust, repair, rework, or replace parts or assemblies to ensure proper operation.Cut, trim, file, bend, or smooth parts to ensure proper fit and clearance.
Manually install structural assemblies or signal crane operators to position assemblies for joining.Place and connect control cables to electronically controlled units, using hand tools, ring locks, cotter keys, threaded connectors, turnbuckles, or related devices.Install mechanical linkages and actuators, using tensiometers to verify tension of cables.
Install accessories in swaging machines, using hand tools.Splice cables, using clamps and fittings, or reweave cable strands.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).The ability to see details at a distance.The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions.The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Select Tools
Alligator jaw compression rivetersAnti-vibration glovesArc welding equipment
Assembly robotsAutorivetersBeading tools
Bearing installation toolsBearing staking toolsBlind rivet guns
Brazing equipmentBurring toolsC-yoke compression riveters
Cable cuttersCase wrenchesDesktop computers
Dial calipersDrafting templatesElectrochemical etching devices
First assembly jigsFlange wrenchesFlaring tools
Fuel control wrenchesFuel nozzle wrenchesGear shaft wrenches
Hand clampsInput wrenchesLine reamers
Material guiding jigsMetal bending equipmentMetal bucking bars
MicrometersMilling machinesMylar index templates
Nut wrenchesOffset screwdriversOverhead cranes
Pin protrusion gaugesPipe bending mandrelsPneumatic drills
Power drillsPower hoistsPower saws
Power screwgunsPrecision tapered reamersProtective ear muffs
Protective ear plugsRatcheting box wrenchesRatchets
Recoilless rivet hammersRivet gunsSafety glasses
Safety glovesSetup templatesSingle-cut mill saw files
Soldering ironsSpanner wrenchesSpline key wrenches
Spot welding equipmentStraight screwdriversSwaging tools
Tack welding equipmentTensiometersThickness gauges
Torque driversTrunnion centering toolsTrunnion wrenches
Tube crimping toolsUltrasonic inspection equipmentWelding hoods
Welding robots

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